Lost Art of Conversation

How a Mindset Change Helped An Introvert Meaningfully Connect w/ Janelle Reichman

How a Mindset Change Helped An Introvert Meaningfully Connect w/ Janelle Reichman

Janelle shared her epiphany during her 10-year experience in New York and how she decided she couldn’t allow her introversion keep her from getting out and connecting with others.

As Janelle put it, it comes down to something a lot of us hate - introverts and extroverts alike:

“I hate getting out there to sell to people.”

And she isn’t just talking about selling her business (she designs websites for a living). She’s talking about selling herself as an interesting person.

Why Remembering Names Helps to Create Deeper Relationships w/ Kai Stabell

Why Remembering Names Helps to Create Deeper Relationships w/ Kai Stabell

Remembering a person's name is one of the most crucial things in building meaningful connections because a person’s name connects to their identity. By using and remembering someone’s name, we're able to create a greater connection to who that person is. And by remembering someone’s name and using it when you see them again, that person will feel important and respected.

In this video, Kai Stabell shares why it's critical to conversation to remember a name and a simple technique he uses to help him remember the names of all the amazing people he connects with.

How to Break the Ice & Start a Conversation w/ Kai Stabell

How to Break the Ice & Start a Conversation w/ Kai Stabell

Breaking the ice is an important skill that, when done correctly, will lead to more productive, more comfortable conversations. A good ice breaker can help you make a memorable first impression and it can turn your first encounter with someone new into something wonderful — maybe even a lasting friendship.

So, how do you start a meaningful conversation with someone new and avoid embarrassments or awkward moments of silence? Where do you begin?

Kai Stabell starts to answer this question by explaining most people approach icebreakers all wrong.

How to Ask Follow-up Questions w/ Elaine Ezekiel

How to Ask Follow-up Questions w/ Elaine Ezekiel

Follow-up questions are an important part of having meaningful conversations as they keep the conversation moving forward and allow for clarification and elaboration of details.

Without follow-up questions, your conversation will never get past the surface level because you won't be talking in depth about any particular topic. This type of interaction feels really awkward and prevents genuine connection.

One way to improve your ability to ask follow-up questions is by practicing active listening. In this video, Elaine Ezekiel shares how the power of active listening can not only help you ask follow-up questions but ask the follow-up questions your partner wants you to ask.